CRAIG CZURY (poet, editor, arts advocate) earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Wilkes University, where he was awarded the prestigious Norris Church Mailer Fellowship. Czury is the author of over 20 books of poetry, and his poems have been translated into Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, German, Italian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian. He was the 2011 Laureate of the Ditët e Naimit International Albanian Poetry Festival in Macedonia, and served from 2010-2012 as Poet Laureate of Berks County, Pennsylvania.
Craig has also been awarded a variety of fellowships to conduct his collaborative “poem fusion” performances and poetry mural projects. Working with AmeriCorps*Writers Corp in Washington DC in the 1990’s, he conducted poetry workshops with inmates at St. Elizabeth’s Psychiatric Hospital, fifty years after Ezra Pound was imprisoned there. In 1999, through an Americans For The Arts artist exchange fellowship, Czury developed a BBC Radio FOYL poetry performance through the Derry Playhouse, the result of workshops with both the Catholic and Protestant communities in Northern Ireland. Most recently, his fellowship through the F. Lammot Belin Scholarship for Artists, allowed him to create "docu-poems" from a collage of voices he gathered from interviews he conducted while hitchhiking rural roads during the height of the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling in that region.
Czury has spent a lifetime creating energetic poetry performances and poetry environments around the world - in schools, communities, homeless shelters, prisons, and mental hospitals. He teaches, writes, and plays harmonica in both Europe and the US.
2009 Montana Tech of the University of Montana, National Summit of
Mining Communities, Keynote Speaker. Butte, MT.
2009 University of Montana Western, Guest Lecturer. Dillon, MT.
2005-10 Kutztown University, Guest Lecturer, English Professional Writing
Program. Kutztown, PA.
2005 Eminescu National College, Visiting Poet. Bucharest, Romania.
1999 Univ. of Vilnius, Dept. English Philology Poem Fusion. Vilnius, Lithuania.
SMALL SAMPLING OF POETRY PROJECTS IN SCHOOLS & COMMUNITIES
2016-2019 Istituto di Istruzione Superiore Galileo Galilei, Poem Fusion Project,
Special Project Coordinator, Crema, CR, Italy
2008-2017 The Maret School, Poet-In-Residence, Lower, Middle & Upper Schools.
2007-2010 Cultural Alliance of York, Poet-In-Residence, Children’s Home of York,
York County Prison. York, PA.
2004-2005 Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Teaching. Poetry Consultant,
Millersville University. Millersville, Pa.
2004 Carcel Bellavista (prison). Medellín, Colombia.
2002-2003 Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts, consultant.
1999 The Playhouse, Poet-In-Residence, Derry, Northern Ireland.
Project with Americans for the Arts, broadcast on BBC Radio.
1999-2004 Altigimimo High School, Visiting Poet. Druskininkai, Lithuania.
1999 Pushkinskaya 10, Poem Fusion Workshop, St. Petersburg, Russia.
1998-2002 National Endowment for the Arts, Berks Poem Fusion Project,
through Berks Arts Council, Community Poem Fusion Documentary,
Poem Fusions at schools, afterschool programs, homeless shelters,
mental hospitals, prisons, parks, community centers. Berks Co., PA.
1998-2004 Berks Poetry Project, Curator, Poem Fusion workshops at Berks Co.
Juvenile Detention Center, Reading Emergency Shelter. Reading, PA.
1997-2000 Police Athletic League of Reading PA~ Mentoring & the Arts Project.
1996-2000 Arlington Humanities Council, Visiting Poet to Schools, Arlington,VA
1995-1996 AmeriCorps*WritersCorps Project. Washington, D.C.
1995-2002 New Jersey Council on the Arts, Arts-In-Education rostered artist.
1991-1993 Kutztown University, Academic Alliance and Project Adelante,
K.U. Dept. of Education and Allentown School District.
1993-2007 Very Special Arts Delaware - rostered artist. Wilmington, DE.
1993-2011 Capitol School District, Poet-In-Residence, Dover, DE.
1995-1996 Berks Arts Council, Young Authors Festival (coordinator) workshop